Arsenal have reportedly triggered a clause in Charlie Patino’s contract to extend his stay at the north London club.
The Lowdown: Patino’s career so far
Having worked his way through the Gunners’ youth ranks, Patino joined Blackpool on a season-long loan during the summer transfer window. Since then, the 19-year-old has made 18 appearances for the Tangerines across the Championship and the Carabao Cup, scoring two goals and delivering two assists in the process.
With reports suggesting that the midfielder has started to attract interest from a range of clubs, the Gunners have made moves behind the scenes move in an effort to dismiss any uncertainty regarding Patino’s future.
The Latest: Arsenal trigger Patino contract clause
Taking to Twitter on Saturday morning, Goal journalist Charles Watts shared an update on the matter.
He revealed: “Charlie Patino’s contract clause has now officially been triggered. Deal was due to expire in the summer, but now extended until 2025, but not on fresh terms.
“Talks will now have to take place over new and improved long-term deal amid widespread interest from elsewhere.”
The Verdict: Smart move from Arsenal
Along with his goals and assists, the teenager has shown during his time at Blackpool what he’s capable of producing.
Patino has the joint-highest rate of goals per shot (0.67) and the joint-highest number of progressive passes (48) at the Championship club. From a defensive point of view, he has the third-highest number of recoveries (105) and the fifth-highest combined total of tackles and interceptions (44).
Would you want to see Charlie Patino sign a new deal at Arsenal?
Described by Blackpool media officer Sean McGinlay as an “exciting” signing for the Tangerines in August, it’s safe to say that moving away from Arsenal on loan to get some regular senior action has benefited the player and indeed his temporary club.
Taking all of that into account, we feel that triggering this clause in Patino’s contract is a smart move by the Gunners, who should definitely focus on offering him a new and improved deal to show how much they want to keep hold of him.